Hartford, Connecticut, December 28, 2015 – More than 50 people attended the December 16 opening of “Pieces of Eight,” the collective title of a showcase of eight separate student exhibitions running through June 30, 2016, in the Watkinson Library. This is the fifth annual such showcase of student exhibitions that are produced to fulfill (in part) the course requirements for “American Studies 835/435: Museum & Library Exhibitions.” The instructor is Richard J. Ring, head curator and librarian of the Watkinson Library.
While a selection of items are displayed physically in the library, for the first time each exhibition will be available fully online at www.watkinsonlibrary.org
by January 25.
The exhibits and their curators are as follows:
Handmaid to History: What is Antiquarianism? – Elizabeth Askren ’17
“Following the Light of the Sun, We Left the Old World”: The Dawn of Printing – Alec Buffamonte ’17
An Uneven Playing Field: Sports and Social Classes in Britain – Marcus Cinotti, graduate student
Who You Gonna Call? Ghost Hunters from 1860-1960 – Hunter Drews ’16
Bluejackets & Devil Dogs: U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Recruiting Posters from the Great War – Jordan Finning, graduate student
From Ragtime to Rock & Roll: Music Culture at Trinity College – Matthew Nazarian, graduate student
Victorian Ladies Leave the Sidelines: Women in Sports, 1860-1890 – Rosangelica Rodriguez, graduate student
Infant Doping and the Opium Imagination – Sarah St. Germain, graduate student
The Watkinson Library serves as a public research library, the rare book and special collections department of the Trinity College Library, and the repository of the College archives – holding nearly 200,000 printed and manuscript volumes ranging in date from the 11th century to the present, 4,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material, 20,000 musical scores, over 10,000 sound recordings, and thousands of separate maps, prints, broadsides, and other ephemera. Visitors are encouraged to engage in creative and intellectual pursuits based on or inspired by the library’s collections.